Tropic King (Māori King) - Funkwerks

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 101
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.42%
Wants: 27
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ottovon on 02-24-2011

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Reviews: 36 | Hads: 101
Photo of jmarsh123
3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours orange with a big thick head that eventually receded, but still good lacing.

A lot of floral aromas with a touch of citrus and some funk. Not a ton going on in the nose.

A little bit of a cracker malt sweetness up front in the palate. A little funky earthiness and way too much pepper then creep in before finishing somewhat spicy from floral hoppiness. Pepper is out of balance.

Decent mouthfeel. Medium bodied, probably a bit more than most saisons.

Meh have yet to be impressed by a Funkwerks beer. Nothing special here. (534 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Rackhouse Pub and served to me in a snifter. Yellow orange color, soapy head, looks good. Smells very yeasty, overpowering. It also tastes very yeasty, I got a bit of bubblegum but none of the tropical fruits promised by the description and New Zealand hops. Overall I much preferred the regular saison. (313 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.44/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a plastic cup.

Appearance - Hazy golden orange with a big white head. Thick collar and a lot of surface wisping.

Smell - Yeasty with a slight stone fruitiness to it. Pale malt.

Taste - Very malty. Sweet doughy malts. Fruity again. Yeasty flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Overcarbonated. Slightly sweet with a medium body.

Overall - Decent flavors. Just a little rough. (401 characters)

Photo of claytong
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - burnt orange red, medium head with a nice fluff to it.

smell - bubblegum banana yeast, spices, malt, mango

taste - follows the smell with some hops, malt isnt as nice as it smelt, a bit bland.

mouthfeel - nice body and nice carbonation but was oddly a bit cloying

overall - like the name, like what theyre doing but this is not my favorite (356 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Pours a hazy straw yellow with a big fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is wheaty malts, lemon and some tropical fruit with a little floral hops.

The flavor is wheaty, bready malts with some sweet tropical citrus fruits and a decent dry grassy hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a nice saison. The fruity notes are interesting, but it's a tad on the sweet side for me. (469 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hear this one is the next in line to be bottled. Some will have difficulty distinguishing the beers they have on the market, but I think this one has the most character.

Slightly hazed light orange, dark gold pour. Nice billowing head, somewhat sticky. Off-white, but fairly bright.

Yeasty spice aroma, bubblegum and citrus. Pale malt backbone gives it a nudge to sweetness.

Tropical fruits are pounded by the yeast and spice. I get some mango and peach--May Pride perhaps. A bit tangy and 'fleshy'. The hops add a bit of a 'pinch' to go along with the spice and yeast. Being a hop head, I'd like to see more hops, which I also think would give this beer more of a specific personality. But what do i know, I just drink the stuff.

Crisp finish with underlying sweet bread. Good carbonation (797 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this Richard, and Andre for sending one my way.

A: The pour is a pale yellow color with a rather large white head.

S: A bit sweeter than expected. Lots of different citrus notes, especially citrus peel. There is a mild grass note followed by some white pepper and a light fruitiness of apple and pear.

T: Starts off with the sweet fruit flavors of apple, pear, and banana. There is still some white pepper and a fair amount of sweet citrus/orange. Overall, it's fairly sweet, but there is a light phenolic spice note to the finish.

M: Medium to full in body with medium carbonation.

O: Didn't like this one anywhere near as much as the regular saison, but still quite drinkable. (702 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a cloudy beige color ale with a large dirty white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of spicy ginger notes with rustic malt and fruity zesty hops. Taste is a great mix between some rustic malt with quite dry aftertaste and some spicy ginger notes with some fruity and zesty hops. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. I really enjoyed this beer but I would have personally prefer less ginger. (447 characters)

Photo of Forb
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Great Nebraska BeerFest 2011 - Papillion, NE

Appearance: Orange haze within the color amid a fuzzy foam of a white head. Decent lacing and retention.

Smell: Spices and hops intertwined with peppery accents and some faintly citrus notes.

Taste: Tropical hops is what I feel here. Fruity flavors tangle with the hop and yeast elements here.

Mouthfeel: Dry and highly carbonated.

Overall: Great saison. (419 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Freshcraft in Denver, CO.

Pours a murky honey orange color with a 1/2 inch bone colored head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random spots of lace form on the glass and drip back down into the remaining beer. Smell is of wheat, spices, and floral aromas. Taste is of whet, spices, and flower notes. This beer has good carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good saison that I would definitely get again. I am glad I got to try this one as this is nowhere to be found in CA. My first beer from Funkwerks. (553 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

mmm alcholy and sour in the nose, lively and jubilent in the pour, with a whitish head as agressive as you pour it. yeasty and bright this one tastes faintly of dried fruit, possibly tropical fruit, and a balanced brett-type sour vibe. tart finish settling nice in the tummy despite the quantum carbonation. my first funkwerks beer paired with an all time dinner at fruition restaraunt in denver. seek this one out ladies and gents! (432 characters)

Photo of Rbald42
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden to honey-colored hue. Massive amounts of foam create a big white frothy head from a simple pour. Be careful when pouring this. I had to let it sit for a few minutes before attempting again, and then had to be very gentle when filling the glass.

Smell is of pear, apple and other stonefruit. Hints of citrus and lime, followed up by light peppery phenols and a bit of band aid. Taste is of stonefruit , light white pepper spice, giving way to a mild grass note on the finish with fruity esters. For being very high in carbonation, I did get a sort of fullness and creamy mouthfeel. The high carbonation didn't detract for me,and it helped bring out subtle flavors as the beer warmed. An enjoyable beer for sure. Better to share this with friend or two. (772 characters)

Photo of DearthVader
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured to my Fantome tulip. Thanks for this one LSUPT!

I think this is the first beer I've ever added so the nerves are rattling.

A steady pour produces a nice 3 finger head that falls to a tight 1/4" cap of white foam atop the golden orange body. Very nice sticky lacing grabbing my glass.

Smell is full of bread, banana, ginger, slight mango, and some straw-like funk.

Taste is upfront with the banana. A peppery ginger profile takes over rather quickly with a little less tropical fruits that I was expecting (given the name). The mango does shine through as the beer warms up.

This is a rather creamy Saison. Very chewy and full bodied. Less carbonation than expected.

Very interesting Saison and I look forwards to the rest of my Funkwerks stash that's chillin' in the fridge. (816 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased end of August 2011 with a marked "1 year cellar limit." This is one of the new ones from the great new Ft. Collins "funkwerks." Marked a Belgian Style Ale on the front of the label, further reading on the side reflects that this is an "Imperial Saison."

Pours orange/amber with a white head.

Nose is fruity and orangy-almost like fresh orange juice or orange peel spice and with nice citrus tones, pineapple and flowers. Not a lot of saison character in the nose but really smells nice and very inviting.

Mouthfeel is rich and full with some creamy character that is appealing -again, not real saison-like. One begins to think that this beer has an identity crisis.

Flavors strengthen the identity problem in that flavor profile is far more "belgian traditional ale" than saison. Lots of esters, banana, cloves and "typical" Belgian ale characteristics. Tastes good and inviting but one must ask what is "an Imperial Saison.?" (Maybe it's just me). Flavors are big assertive Belgian malts - banana/clove/yeast carryover from nose. The flavors are pleasant and inviting but one should not expect a saison. There is the orange citrus character in the flavor profile that's very pleasant. I like this one; it is very drinkable and inviting.

Citrus flavors and big yeast carry over to finish. I'm not sure what to call this beer but it's good. Imperial Saison? Are there others? (1,394 characters)

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with fizzy white head. Citrus, yeast, funk, and some wheat on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a some light fruits, mango and peach are what come to mind. (199 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up in Denver during last GABF and finally opened at a share.

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a very large (2") white head and minimal lace.

N: Peppery with nice pronounced cracker yeast. Lots of fresh floral notes here.

T: Mostly follows the nose with lots of yeasty overtones and bright citrus fruits.

M: Somewhat heavier than others for the style and a bit of a roasty finish. Some prickly carb, but not as much given the large head on the pour.

O: Very good and a nice find should you come across this. (520 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Funky as hell and damn tasty stuff. Big white head doesn't go away for days. Lots of Belgian character and funky saison goodness. This beer shouldn't be rushed and should be enjoyed over a spectrum of temperatures for appreciation of its complexities. (254 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 8% ABV. I'm thinking this is actually the 'Maori King' version, as it proclaims to use those increasingly trendy Rakau hops from New Zealand. Thanks again to the good doktorzee for bringing this back from Colorado.

This beer pours a rather hazy, orange-tinted medium golden yellow colour, with a rising column of tightly fizzy, effusively foamy white head, which leaves some random splotches of patchy, fuzzy lace around the glass as it very slowly settles.

It smells of sweet candied, bready caramel malt, earthy yeast, papaya, banana, nectarine, and unripe mango, soft white pepper, and a more coriander-borne spiciness than that of ginger. The taste is semi-sweet bready, slightly crackery pale malt, with a duly lessened caramel input, muddled tropical fruit - the peach and dried mango standing out most - joined by some more pedestrian mandarin orange and melon tag-a-longs, somewhat acerbic farmhouse yeast, an ethereal powdered ginger spiciness, a touch of airborne black pepper, and some floral, lightly perfumed hops. That last bit brought to you by the cleverly obfuscated and integrated 16-proof booze quotient.

The bubbles are a tad tight and astringent at times, but mellow out just the same, the body a decent medium weight for this amped-up version of the style, and tacitly smooth, all that spice, fruit, and yeast hardly capable of anything more suave. It finishes off-dry, the grain getting a bit biscuity, the fruit remaining static, as the yeast and spices trail off into the ether.

A pretty tasty south-seas-enhanced saison, well bolstered by the domestic ABV goodness. This of course takes us deeper into headier Belgian ale territory, so much so that I'd easily mistake this otherwise for a yeasty strong pale ale. Ah well - borders are meant to be broached, aren't they? (1,813 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy toffee color with a huge white head--head takes up at least 2/3 of the glass.

Smells tropical indeed. Pineapple, mango, lemon, citrus zest, tons of coriander and others zesty spice, tons of farmhouse yeast. Very bright. Smells excellent.

Taste is concentrated on lemon and citrus zest and spices. Bright but also fairly sweet, a pretty strong malt character, maybe wheat? Plenty of yeast again too. Very tasty.

Very carbonated, almost too carbonated but it works well for the style.

Excellent saison! Complex, drinkable, very well done.

8.1/10 (570 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We took a trip up to Fort Collins last week to hit a few breweries. Sadly quite a few were closed so we hit this one out of necessity; fortunately for us, this one was quite good across the board. Poured a nice medium yellow color with a nice white head. Nice hoppy aromas, mango, orange zest, citrus. Medium bodied, fruity, hoppy and spicy. (341 characters)

Photo of Domingo
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of those beers I keep forgetting to review, but have enjoyed for much of 2011.
Pours a foamy gold color. Lots of lacing and a lingering head.
While I was initially thinking this would be a super-hoppy saison, I was surprised exactly how floral and fruity the yeast and hops manage to make this.
Mango and peach seem to come from the hops and body, while the yeast gives it a slight citric touch. The hops give everything a dusty aspirin note (which I like) to finish slightly bitter, but without any harshness at all.
One of the best beers from FW, and one I’ve gone back to many times since I first discovered the brewery last Winter.
Worth grabbing if you like saisons, IPAs, or both. (692 characters)

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy apricot body with a thick, fluffy, dense and enduring white head. As it finally settles, a sheet of lacing remains. Combine that with the Funkwerks snifter it was served in and you have quite the presentation. A good start.

A rustic Saison aroma. Earthy, grassy and spicy.

Mmmm...this is what I'm talking about! The first thing that comes to mind is the interesting fruity character. Rakau hops add citrus and tropical fruit flavors reminiscent of American IPAs. But don't worry, while it does have solid bitterness and good hop flavors, this is no hop bomb. The Saison characteristics quickly take over and brush aside the hops. Musty and earthy, a complex layer of dry, spicy flavors captures the finish and ensures both depth and balance.

Māori King is not only an example of the excellence with which Brad, Gordon, and the rest of the gang at Funkwerks approach Farmhouse brewing, but also the relevancy and importance that this old world style still commands. Packed with bold flavor, yet subtly crafted with nuance and sophistication, no other style can toe the line between flavorful and sessionable as well as Saison.

All preaching aside, this is good beer, go check it out. (1,203 characters)

Photo of ottovon
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewery. Says it's an imperial saison.

A: pours a straw yellow with a foamy white head.

S: I get some pepper and Ginger. Also a nice bit of clove and some light fruits like mango and peach. I also get a little bit of a Chardonnay aroma.

T: I get clove, mango, straw, and spice. Has a nice bitterness to it. The finish is fruity and dry with a slight bitterness to it.

M: it has a medium-thin mouthfeel with a nice bit of carb.

D: a very drinkable beer. I could drink a lot of this. It is a very good saison. (542 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - A slow gusher, a crystal clear dark golden hue with an almost 4 finger head that slowly faded down to a thick, fat blanket but did not leave much side lacing. Looks very carbonated.

S - Like others have said, this walks the line between a Belgian strong pale ale and a saison. Candi malts, light bready/yeats, coriander, clove, very faint citrus.

T - Taste is a bit more citrus than the nose. Faint melon and grapefruit. Light alcohol esters. Finish is more belgian with coriander and faint clove. Light bread too and faint wheat. Alcohol gets more prominent on the finish. Not getting much tropical notes.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, keeps the alcohol up off the tongue. Easy drinking.

O - Overall, a solid saison. Wish, for namesake, mine was more tropical though. (847 characters)

Photo of srhoadsy
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served chilled into a fluted tulip.

Pours a bright yellow gold with 2 inches of foamy white head that very slowly recedes leaving moderate surface layer and lacing.

Aromas of citrus, sour grapes and tropical fruits.

Very strong flavors of fruit. The aforementioned citrus, sour grapes and pears, pineapple and other tropical fruit. Just enough spice and funk to keep this one from being a little too sweet.

Medium bodied with a sweet, crisp finish. Moderate to heavy carbonation with a strong but quickly fading aftertaste.

Overall a very nice beer. Crisp and clean in appearance and feel, but very complex in flavor. Quickly becoming a fan of Funkwerks. (659 characters)

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Tropic King (Māori King) from Funkwerks
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